To quote the late Yogi Berra, when it comes to injuries to second-year running back Derrius Guce of the Washington Redskins, it’s déjà vu all over again
The Redskins placed Guice on injured-reserve on Tuesday after he sustained what’s reported to be a sprain of his medial collateral ligament (MCL). Rather than try to needlessly rehabilitate the injury and risk further damage to it this season, the team shut him down for the remainder of this dreadful 2019 season, with the hopes of giving him more time to recover and be ready for the 2020 season.
Source: #Redskins RB Derrius Guice is going on Injured Reserve following his MCL sprain suffered in last week’s game. His season is over. The team goes with the safe move, meaning Guice will be healthy for 2020.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 10, 2019
It’s also been reported that the injury did not affect the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), which Guice tore in the preseason of his rookie season last year, leading him to miss all of the 2018 campaign. After making his regular season debut in Week 1 of the 2019 season, Guice would go on to miss another nine weeks after injuring his knee in the loss against the Philadelphia Eagles, and undergoing a procedure to trim a torn meniscus. Guice didn’t return from that injury until mid-November, when he carried the ball seven times in the loss against the New York Jets.
The beloved running back got the hopes of Redskins fans everywhere as high as they’d ever been after his career-best effort in Washington’s Week 13 win against the Carolina Panthers, when he ran for 129 yards on just 10 carries and collected his first two rushing touchdowns of his career.
Guice finishes the year with 42 carries for 245 yards rushing (averaging 5.8 yards per attempt) and two touchdowns; he also has 7 receptions for 79 yards and a touchdown, though much of that came from the 45-yard catch and run he had in the aforementioned loss against the Jets.
While the information doesn’t appear to be made publicly available as of yet, Guice may have very well suffered a Grade 3 sprain of the ligament, given the history of ligament trauma to the same knee; if that’s the case, corrective surgery may be needed. Given the recent history of injuries being needlessly complicated by the Redskins’ training staff (something Guice himself endured last year), Guice’s recovery process from this injury — especially if he does need surgery — will be something to keep an eye on.
The Redskins will need Guice to return as close as possible to full health, and fast.
Fellow running backs Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson are both free agents after this year, and depending on the decisions made by a new front office and/or coaching regime, it’s possible that both of them will not be in a Redskins’ uniform next season. That would leave Guice and rookie running back Bryce Love — the latter of whom will miss his entire rookie season recovering from a knee injury of his own — as the only running backs on the Redskins’ roster entering the offseason.